Have you ever been to a place that is so quaint and full of history that it feels like you’ve stepped into another world? I have! I’ve been to Cambridge. I’ve been there several times actually and it gets me every time. All these soaring gothic buildings, picturesque little cobblestone streets and passageways, leafy parks and meadows perfect for picnics and watching the days go by, all these lovely bicycles with osier baskets at the front, perfectly manicured college lawns (which you’re not allowed to walk on by the way), the steady flow of wooden punts meandering down the River Cam. And the Backs. Oh can we talk about the Backs? They’re the riverside back gardens of the colleges. I could see myself walking past everyday for the many years to come. In fact, I would move to Cambridge tomorrow if you were to find me a cute little townhouse there (one with a shiny black door). May I have a bicycle too?
If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, then you’re probably aware that Rich and I will be going to Mallorca for a week at the end of September. Seriously, this trip cannot come soon enough! The weather has been dreadful lately over here (I’m wearing a scarf. yes, seriously. A scarf in August) so I’m in deep need of warmth and sunshine. But for now, I’m hungry and it’s Apero Friday time.
This week I’ve decided to share my excitement for my upcoming beach holiday by putting a spanish spin on my french aperos and feature some really easy and tasty tapas recipes.
On my table today:
- Tortilla (bought from Marks & Spenders. Sorry, I cheated!)
- Marinated olives (M&S as well)
- Rioja wine.
I would definitely recommend the garlic buttered prawns; I used my own garlic butter that I had prepared for another recipe a couple of months ago. I was also a big fan of the chorizo dish. I don’t know if the quality of the wine has any influence on this but I chose a £10 bottle of Rioja and I trust it did the job really well. Also, to accompany your spanish feast, I suggest you go for a nice glass of Rioja, some sangria or a cold San Miguel beer.
By the way, I’m currently looking for bloggers who would like to share their favourite apero recipes on WW. So wherever you are from in the world, if you’ve got some nice recipes that you think the apero lovers on my blog will like, please do get in touch!
and ASOS leather loafers (similar here)
I'm back with another outfit post! I wanted to wear something very classic but kind of cute at the same time. I'm going to make quite a statement here but I fancied something Alexa Chung would wear. I'm pretty sure she'd rock that look, right?
In my opinion, every girl needs a gingham shirt - whether she steals it from her boyfriend's wardrobe (which is what I've done) or whether she buys one of her own. They're versatile because you can wear them at work with a pair of smart trousers or off duty with shorts or skinny jeans. My recommendation is to always pair them with a solid colour to avoid the outfit looking too busy. Add a cool pair of shades and a clutch and you're ready to hit the town!
You know me, I love a lazy weekend away. Today, we’re in the Suffolk Coastal District, catching up with Richard’s parents over coffee and long walks in the countryside. We went to Levington Marina earlier this morning to see the boats on the River Orwell. We had fun picking which boat we’d buy should we win the lottery (ya never know!) and daydreaming about alfresco luncheons on deck.
What about you guys, what are you up to on this beautiful day?
I love a good smoothie, if possible a healthy one. It’s the perfect way to start the day and/or the perfect drink to sip while enjoying a lazy weekend. I found this recipe on offbeatandinspired.com. It contains 3 of my favourite words: healthy, cocoa and almond. This sounded rather promising so I gave it a try and… YUM! <3
I tweaked the recipe a little bit because I didn’t have ripe bananas and I never usually do (Rich eats them all before they get a chance to get to that stage!). Tiffany recommended adding sugar to get your desired sweetness when you use regular bananas but I went for honey instead, which I think is better for you. I didn’t have vanilla almond milk either so I used regular almond milk and a tiny bit of vanilla extract. I was expecting to have to add a little bit of this or a little bit of that to the smoothie but I got it spot on from attempt no.1! Seriously, this recipe is well worth a try.
For 2 smoothies, I mixed:
- 6 ice cubes
- 355ml of almond milk
- a tiny bit of vanilla extract
- 2 bananas
- 1 tsp of honey
- 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.
Any cool and healthy smoothie recipe you’d like to share with me?